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Detail of an Issued Design Patent

Design patents are a type of patent issued under United States of America law. (Other locations have similar protections but they are called different things.) The patent is granted based on the unique appearance or concept of an item rather than its "usefulness". Design patents typically are sought for items where the appearance is as - or more - important than the underlying craftsmanship itself. So, things like jewelry, toys, furniture, car parts, etc. are frequently granted design patents.

Design patents have a life in the US of fourteen years from the date of issuance. Their main usefulness is as a supplement to copyright protections. Whereas someone claiming a copyright in a work can prevent actual copies being made, a design patent can more easily be used to prevent the unauthorized creation of similar items which are not actually copies. Neither protection is absolute, but some counsel believe that having both is important where even the hint of similar design is a threat to the value of the original design.

From 1978 through 1987, Paramount Pictures sought and obtained various design patents for Star Trek designs. There seem to have been no other filings after 1987, and Paramount's legal department instead probably feels comfortable with existing copyright protections.

In each instance of a design patent at least one "inventor" has to be listed. The inventor can never be the corporation, it has to be an individual or individuals. It is sometimes interesting to see who gets credit for what on the official documents.
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1938
Barbara Baldavin is born.
1943
Herschel Sparber is born.
1944
Katherine Kurtz is born.
1948
Mark La Mura is born.
1964
Anthony Guidera is born.
1966
Sixth (and last) day of filming on TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I" and TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II".
First draft of script for TOS: "The Squire of Gothos" submitted.
First draft of script for TOS: "Arena" submitted.
Final draft script for TOS: "Shore Leave" is revised.
1967
Second day of filming on TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
1968
TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" airs.
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy".
1969
The Eighth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #4 with the fourth of six installments.
1978
Fifty-second day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983
Forty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1988
Sixth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data".
1991
Second day of filming on TNG: "Hero Worship".
1993
TNG: "Gambit, Part II" airs.
Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "Parallels".
Final draft script for TNG: "The Pegasus" is submitted.
Final draft script for DS9: "Rivals" is submitted.
CIC Video releases Next Generation volumes 71 & 72 on VHS in the UK.
1994
Sixth day of filming on DS9: "Fascination".
Thirty-first day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
Final draft script for DS9: "Past Tense, Part I" is submitted.
1995
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Our Man Bashir".
1996
Fifth day of filming on DS9: "Rapture".
1999
Paddi Edwards and Eddie Jones die.
Third day of filming on VOY: "Blink of an Eye".
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volume 7.11 and Voyager volume 5.11 on VHS in the UK.
2000
VOY: "Drive" airs.
First day of filming on VOY: "Lineage".
2002
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Precious Cargo".
2004
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Daedalus".
2013
Mary Carver dies.
Unknown
Amanda Chamberlin and Steve Epting are born.

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